Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series

Professional photo of Chris Burns Chris Burns, investment strategist and senior fixed income analyst at Greenleaf Trust, will give a presentation titled “The Long and the Short of It—A Historical Perspective on Investing” on 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25. The presentation will take place in 2150 Schneider Hall.

The event is free and open to the public and begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Reservations are required and can be made below or by calling (269) 387-6059. Free parking is available in Fetzer Center Lot 72F.

Chris Burns

At Greenleaf Trust, Burns focuses on asset allocation and fixed income portfolio strategies. Prior to joining Greenleaf Trust, he was an associate client advisor at Bessemer Trust.  

Burns holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master of accounting degree from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He has previously served as the instructor of the student managed investment fund class at WMU’s Haworth College of Business. He is a CFA® charterholder and a licensed CPA. He is currently serving his first term on the Portage City Council.

Haworth College of Business

Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business, one of the largest schools of business in the United States, is the academic home to more than 3,500 undergraduate students majoring in 18 specialized areas of business. An additional 500 graduate students study business administration and accountancy.

The Haworth College of Business is among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.

About the series

The Mercantile Bank of Michigan Breakfast Speaker Series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current topics of interest.